Thursday, October 31, 2013

LEGO Halloween faire 2013 scene complete!


I did it!  Got this done last night, just in the nick of time!  The whole thing was built over the span of a day with zero advance planning and no time for experimentation, enhancement, or rebuilds!  It was a ton of fun though and I'm very happy with the result.



Hopefully life will allow me more time for an upcoming winter theme!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween scene complete (teaser)


Above is a small grainy cutout of a fraction of a cel phone pic I snapped this evening of my completed Halloween scene that took over the entire park area in my LEGO city.  I almost can't believe I got it done in time.  There was no time to plan, no time to experiment; I just built, and built, and built.

I hope to publish a video tour of it before trick-or-treat begins in the US :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween prep: A vehicle MOC and custom minifigs!


Halloween is right around the corner and I'm in a mad dash to put together something related to the theme in my LEGO city.  Given how little time remains, I fear that I won't do anywhere near as much as I would have liked, but here's what I've started with:


Mega Bloks Halo exclusive Warthog EVA's Last Stand edition


I finally did the transplant to make this thing whole last week, and oh, how happy I am with the outcome.  I knew I would like it, but I didn't know it would look this good.

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Alpine Rangers set review!


On my last trip to Toys R Us I found just this one CoD figure pack on the bottom shelf, halfway back under there, hiding in the shadows.  There were plenty of larger CoD sets but no other battle packs.  Now I just hope I can find the Seal team before the Zombie sets come out!

Cool, I got a Google+ shortcut!

Cool news for fans who use Google+, the official JANGBRiCKS G+ page just got the seal of approval from the powers that be and instead of pages.google.com/p/b/blah/blah/0123456infinity it's now just a simple google.com/+Jangbricks! Sweet!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mega Bloks Halo MAMMOTH set review -- over 2,000 pieces!


This is the BIG one for 2013, the latest Mega Bloks Halo "Signature Series" set, the follow-up to last year's Forward Unto Dawn that I previously reviewed.  As soon as I saw that Toys R Us had them in stock, I rushed out to buy this thing and didn't stop building until it was done!

LEGO parts collection tour! Part 1 - Minifig construction kit!


As promised yesterday, here's my first LEGO parts bin video! Many more to come, though I won't do them back-to-back.

Tours of my parts bins are on the way!

A number of times this year I've promised to take you all through tours of my extensive collection of parts, both brick-based stuff and large action figure (HF, etc.) stuff, and I'm pleased to report that finally filming for said tours is underway.  Today I filmed my first full look through all of the compartments in my most valuable storage bin, and I'll be getting that rendered up & uploaded within the next day or so.  From there, I'll continue going through all of the other bins on a slow, but steady pace (I don't want to overwhelm everybody with a bunch of videos that are too similar) until they're all public!

My full Mega Bloks Halo minifigure collection on video!


Many of you asked for it, now here it is, a look at all of my Mega Bloks Halo figures!  To think, I just started purchasing these things to review 'em for y'all this summer!  The collection absolutely exploded out of nowhere!  What's worse is, by the time this video was uploaded, I already had a few more new MB sets with more unique figures, plus still more on order from online stores! Crazy, but I love it!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

LEGO custom Hutt's Pizza parlor MOC


As things get back on track here, I'm happy to have a brand new LEGO structure MOC to show!  If you regularly watch my city updates, you've seen Jabba and a little pile of parts sitting around him in an undeveloped area for many, many weeks.  Finally, it all came together!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

LEGO Christmas Tree Stand 40082 in-hand review!


I made a $100 order to shop.LEGO.com specifically to get this set to share with y'all! This is an exclusive, limited edition, seasonal promotional set for the 2013 holiday season which supposedly is only given to folks who spend $99 USD or more and can't be bought separately.  Score!

Mega Bloks Halo: Countdown set review!


Happy Tuesday everyone!  One more video to come tonight after this one!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

LEGO Star Wars Anakin's Jedi Interceptor set 9494 reviewed!


Not a new one, but a pretty good one!

Man, I can't wait for the so-called "Spring" sets to start being released later this year!

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Dome Battleground in-hand set review!


Just in time for your weekend, it's the last of the large first wave Mega Bloks Call of Duty sets!  Now I'm just waiting for the remaining two minifig packs to finish up the series until the wave 2 zombie sets are released!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

More LEGO Series 11 minifig mystery bag openings


I like doing these types of videos.  They're quick & easy to do, short, and fun, and they let me just be completely candid & casual about sharing my thoughts as stuff happens.

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Twin Mill III reviewed


I really liked the first one of these I tried out and felt it made a really solid, fun, enjoyable toy for the younger crowd, so I picked up another to make sure it wasn't a fluke!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

LEGO Halloween Accessory Pack 850487 review!


What, am I late to the party with this one?  A year late, you say?  Well, better than never, right?

LEGO Chima Speedorz 70106 Ice Tower set review!


Not a new Chima set, but a pretty good one.  I figured I'd work on finishing up the last handful of sets in the series that I haven't reviewed in the past, seeing as I'm so close & all!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My first look at Ionix Tenkai Knights


Here's another go at trying out something new.  My local Toys R Us recently got the first handful of these Tenkai Knights sets in to go with the CG show that started on Cartoon Network a couple months ago.  I think the backstory is completely unimaginative, but I wanted to give the toys a shot and see what new they offered to the brick-based building world.

LEGO Chima Ultimate Speedor Tournament 70115 set review!


Forget about Legends of Chima yet?  Of course not, nor have I!  Today I go back in time some months and review one of the earliest sets in the line.

Kre-O Star Trek USS Vengeance set review!


One more Kre-O Star Trek set, just one more. Probably the last I'll do for a long time (perhaps until the next movie?). I didn't want to skip this one though, as it had a lot of potential to be epic.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Exclusive minifigure day! LEGO & TRU freebies


I got really fortunate (and pleasantly surprised) this week with purchases from both the LEGO Shop online and my local Toys R Us.  Both included free LEGO minifig gifts!  Check 'em out:


Mega Bloks Call of Duty Light Firebase (Humvee) set review!


These Mega Bloks CoD sets continue to slowly trickle out.  I wish I could make one trip to Toys R Us and get the entire Fall series, but they're showing up on shelves only one at a time, it seems!  Regardless here's one of the more highly-anticipated sets from the initial release:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

LEGO Classic Pirate pack & Thanksgiving Feast sets reviewed!


I got an order in today with two of the newer LEGO sets on the market and reviewed them as quickly as I could.  Enjoy!


Mega Bloks Halo Collector's Edition Pack reviewed!


This Mega Bloks Halo mini-figure pack is a Target exclusive in the US and just came out!

LEGO Hero Factory 2014: HF goes Minifig-scale!

I'm going to repeat the title of this post for effect.  LEGO Hero Factory 2014: HF goes Minifig-scale!

Breathe.

Direct link to the original information source:  http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=86926&st=175#entry1713856

This Eurobricks member claims to have seen pictures of the sets and if you follow the above thread after the linked post, you will read all sorts of informative descriptive tidbits.  There are no public photos yet, but the information does sound quite very believable.

The synopsis?  Hero Factory begins 2014 with a theme called Invasion From Below. Heroes are minifig-scale and have mostly headless mechs with torsos that the pilots stand in.  The mechs are said to use "HF" parts, though I would personally expect to see a bit of a System-Technic-ball & socket hybrid setup a little more like the Ninjago mechs.

What do you think?!  Share your comments below!  Personally, I think this is fantastic.  I'd love to be able to make all manner of Hero Factory vehicles & buildings with the countless System & Technic and ball & socket parts I have.  The current system is very simple and great for younger kids, but it can become painfully limiting once you start trying to go off-canon and do truly custom creations.  I almost always end up dipping into other bins to try to bring some originality to my HF MOCs.  With a move to minifig scale, or something very close, I could let Hero Factory elements touch down in my LEGO city layout from time to time!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

LEGO custom auto repair shop MOC!


City news!  New structure!  This was another of the very first structures I had planned on including somewhere, somehow in my LEGO city, and finally it is in place!  This one may get some small changes 7 updates over time, but I think the same could be said for any MOC in this layout.

As always, my next update on my LEGO city will be posted the next time there is an update to post ;)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Dark Order, explained at last


As early as July 2011 I dropped hints about a mysterious Hero Factory backstory I was cooking up involving The Dark Order, or, in their original tongue, the Or'Da.  In 2012 I drummed up renewed interest with a series of cryptic, low-resolution videos featuring various heroes addressing an unknown character known as "Sempax."  Then, in January, I released a series of stories of the Crystals of Zemai-4 as told by master chronicler Zeyek, giving full view to a slice of history involving the work of the Order and their arch enemies, the Brotherhood of Light.

Today I finish the puzzle at last. Get ready for a bit of a read...

Friday, October 4, 2013

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Desert Troopers set review!


Yup, more MB CoD FTW (etc.) LOL.  This one has no vehicles or real structures, instead focusing on just building up your new CoD figure army.

Bionicle MOC: Zeyek's Starship


Alright!  This should be it, my very last ever Bionicle MOC video!  Check out all of Zeyek's historical posts, including the recent (but first) video showing Zeyek himself.

Mega Bloks Halo UNSC Anti-Armor Cobra set review!


Finally I finish up the Lights & Sounds series of Mega Bloks Halo sets for 2013.  This one gets the sounds part right, but the lights part isn't so hot, and the rest is a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mega Bloks Halo set 97108 UNSC Attack Cyclops review!


Here's another early look at a video just for you great folks who follow the blog!  I mentioned wanting this set in an earlier figure, and I finally went out & got it!

Two more LEGO Legends of Chima Speedorz set reviews


This post is a two-in-one with one of the ones being a two-in-one, technically making this a three-in-one.  There's also a bonus one, so I suppose it's a four-in-one.  Do you follow?

Videos: 

Kre-O Star Trek Klingon Bird of Prey set review!


Another Kre-O Star Trek set for y'all, smaller & cheaper this time, but a really good one!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Heavy Armor Outpost (battle tank) set


I know that many of my viewers absolutely hate anything that is not made by the LEGO brand.  For some, this is based on past experience with inferior quality parts from other brands.  For others, it's baseless prejudice.  Regardless, if you are warm-blooded, whether you like Mega Bloks or not, and for what ever reasons, you need to check out this set.  I'm not saying you need to buy it, but just have a look at the video!

LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 set Review!


More Star Wars!  My fiance built this set several weeks ago and I've finally gotten the time to go over it myself and share it with y'all.

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Mountain Recon set review!


Here's another of the small Call of Duty sets from Mega Bloks, with a larger, more exciting one to come within the next 24 hours!